Major League Soccer’s independent review panel rescinded the red card given to FC Dallas forward Cristian Colmán during the team’s last match against the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is eligible to play immediately, beginning Saturday against Los Angeles FC.
Colmán was sent off in the 80th minute after a scuffle with Galaxy defender Michael Ciani. The two exchanged shoves, but referee Drew Fischer deemed Colmán had contact with Ciani’s face during the altercation, resulting in a red card for violent conduct. Television replays showed no apparent contact but even after a video review, Fischer did not change his call and Colmán was sent off.
The Galaxy capitalized on the extra man, scoring a late goal to close the FCD lead to 3-2, though they could not get the tying goal and still lost.
This is the second red card rescinded today and third this week by the Independent Panel. The group rescinded Columbus Crew midfielder Frederico Higuain’s red card from the team’s last match against Sporting Kansas City, which resulted in a 0-0 draw. Mo Adams’ red card against Orlando City in Chicago’s 2-1 victory was also rescinded earlier this week.
Each Major League Soccer team has two unsuccessful appeal attempts, including playoffs before it is not able to appeal red cards. Dallas won the appeal, meaning it has all of its attempts remaining.
Watch a replay of the incident that led to Colmán’s red card below.